Creative Classrooms Connect
Welcome to Creative Classrooms Connect, a space for Key Stage 2 teachers to access, share and respond to music-making resources created by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, primary teachers and other experts in music education. We regularly upload ideas for classroom music activities, with which we invite teachers to interact.
It is well documented that singing is great for children’s self-esteem and learning in general, and is a good way to foster a spirit of togetherness and unity in school. It can also be a lot of fun! At the LPO we spend every summer at Glyndebourne, playing in operas almost every day, so we have a special connection with singing.
Whether you are preparing children for a school production or assembly, or just looking for ideas for ways into singing, this resource by vocal specialist Lucy Griffiths provides an array of warm-ups, games, dances, rounds and creative ideas to get everyone singing.
This resource is designed to help you and your class use Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the classroom. We have found that by working in a creative, hands-on way children can begin to understand and enjoy the repertoire the London Philharmonic Orchestra performs and this in turn can enliven your music lessons. We have outlined the background to the piece, how to listen it and included a four-session creative project that shows you how to create your own version of the famous opening.
In this article you will find all you need to prepare your children for, or work with them in response to the LPO's Key Stage 2 BrightSparks concert on 5 June 2018. For teachers who aren't attending the concert, you can still use the PDF Teachers' Pack to deliver a creative composition project in class, based on Stravinsky's Petrushka.
This is a vocal composition project based on the music and stories of Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. We have outlined the background of the piece and the composer, followed by how to create your own version of Scheherazade with your children. This project is designed to be flexible, so you can make it as simple or as challenging as you like. This being the case, it could take as few as two sessions or be extended much longer.
Please feel free to adapt the ideas below to suit the resources you have and the needs of your children.